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Chefs and Head Cooks

Prepare food, and direct the work of other cooks.

Quick Facts


Above the statewide median
$28.46 / hour    Read more about wages


Well above statewide average
Growth rate:  25.3%    Read more about outlook


High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel.
  • Create new recipes or food presentations.
  • Plan menu options.
  • Determine prices for menu items.
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Job Title Examples:

Food Service Specialist
Kitchen Manager
Sous Chef

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